This Hoh Rainforest elopement is straight out of a mystical fairytale. These two got married surrounded by blankets of moss hanging from ancient trees whose tops disappeared into an ethereal mist overhead. Then we zipped over to the PNW coast for a perfect Pacific sunset. This was easily one of the most magical days we’ve ever experienced.
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Hoh Rainforest Elopement
Does it get any more PNW than this? A moody, misty day – check. A mystical, mossy forest full of massive old-growth trees and prehistoric ferns – check. A perfect sunset on the rugged western coast of the Olympic Peninsula – BONUS check! How the heck did these two luck out so good with the weather? It was overcast when we wanted it (clouds make for GORGEOUS light in the forest) and then when we went to the coast we got to watch the sun dip below the distant horizon. Literally perfect and so, so, so beautiful.
These are two of our favorite locations to combine in the same day. It’s a bit of a drive to get from one to the other, but it’s under an hour which is totally worth it. This is why Washington is our favorite state. You can see so many different types of landscapes in a single trip, and even a single day. The fact that you can start the afternoon in America’s largest temperate rainforest, a location that alone is worth traveling thousands of miles to experience, and then end the evening on the rugged Pacific coast, wandering amidst whimsical sea stacks and exploring tide pools, is something we’ll never take for granted. And it’s why this is one of our favorite days to plan with couples who are enchanted by big trees and expansive coastlines.
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Elopement First Look in the Hoh Rainforest
We kicked off the elopement with a romantic first look in the Hoh Rainforest. With a fresh coat of dew from the gentle rainfall, the plants glistened in the soft light and the smells of the forest were unreal. Diana and Philip wanted to read some letters they wrote to each other in private before the ceremony (a unique elopement idea we love), so we hung out in the moss and ferns, stealthily snapping photos through the endless greenery. Afterwards, we met up with the fam and some friends and hiked a short ways to the most amazing ceremony spot. Even the guests had their own picture-perfect clear umbrellas! While the mist floated through the tree, these two said their vows and made it offish.
From the Hoh to the Coast for a Perfect Elopement Sunset
Then it was off to the coast for a little sunset adventure! While we were driving, the sun popped out and we couldn’t believe our luck. When we first got to the beach, we were greeted by a perfectly still pond where a small river flows into the ocean. The perfect reflection was unreal, we had never seen it quite like this before despite many trips to this beach. So obvs we stopped for some photos. Then we crossed the river by balancing our way over a piece of driftwood and found our own little private spot down the beach for sunset. Once out there, Diana and Philip shared a first dance surrounded by rugged sea stacks and listening to the waves crash on the shore. We hung out and enjoyed the warmth of the sun, sipped some beers, and had pretty much the best time ever. Can’t wait until the next time we’re out here!